The common theme of the most censored stories over the past year is the systemic erosion of human rights and civil liberties both in the U.S. and the world at large.
Workers’ Correspondence Political commentators are making “moral values” the issue that squeaked President Bush back into the White House.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The deep disappointment among progressives which was felt with the election of George W. Bush to a second term was tempered somewhat in Minnesota by the gains made by the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party in the state House, a gain of 13 seats, leaving the Republicans with only a two-seat majority.
Film Review Brother to Brother Written, produced and directed by Rodney Evans
Film Review The story “Ray,” about the life of singer Ray Charles, begins with Ray as a young child in Florida during the 1930s. He witnesses the accidental drowning of his little brother George and this trauma is one that haunted him the rest of his life. Not long after George’s death, Ray became blind.
TELEVISION REVIEW Five films from Women Make Movies will be featured on acclaimed PBS series “Independent Lens” this fall, including four newly released titles: “Afghanistan Unveiled” by Brigitte Brault and the AINA Women’s Filming Group; “Thunder in Guyana” by historian Suzanne Wasserman; “Girl Wrestler” by Diane Zander; and two compelling experimental documentary shorts about Holocaust memory by Elida Schogt (“Zyklon Portrait” and “The Walnut Tree”).
Opinion The Republicans are full, again, of triumphalism, declaring they have a mandate for all kinds of reactionary programs that the people of our country don’t endorse — privatizing Social Security being high on their list.
Opinion The day before the election, I visited Albuquerque and Las Vegas. Up close, I saw hundreds of people involved in vigorous get-out-the-vote efforts. Most were young; they seemed very idealistic. These Americans had an opportunity to make a difference, and — brought together by labor unions and such groups as the MoveOn PAC — they took it.
Opinion Dear President-elect Bush: There are at least 100,000 dead Iraqi civilians from your invasion. About 50,000 of them are women and children. There are over 1,100 U.S. soldiers dead. And certainly the death toll will mount with the bloodbath in Fallujah. With all this death, how can you claim to be pro-life?
In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed a “Second Bill of Rights” for Americans, declaring “freedom from want” to be one of four essential liberties necessary for human security. Roosevelt’s definition of freedom included “the right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.” The right to health was subsequently enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.